Sports / The Prairie Fire / April 16, 2014

Prairie Fire Profile: Kaylie Prince

Hometown: Westminster, Colo.

Major: Psychology

Sport: Volleyball


Kaylie Prince (third from left) will spend part of this spring playing volleyball in Italy. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Kaylie Prince (third from left) will spend part of this spring playing volleyball in Italy. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Who/what introduced you to the idea of playing volleyball in Europe?

I was invited to play on a college tour through Italy as a result of my play here at Knox, and conversations with both Knox Head Coach Shayla Chalker and the coach on the tour encouraged me to take a look at it.  I’m not ready to be done playing volleyball, and when I realized I still had an opportunity to continue playing, I went for it.


How did your Knox career play a role in your decision/preparation?

It was a stepping stone to playing overseas.  I wouldn’t have this opportunity without it.


How have you been preparing for your experience?

Working out with fellow senior Raleigh DeRose everyday. We lift and do sport specific cardio circuits. We go every day, and do two workouts three days a week. Sundays are usually recovery/zero impact days, so I swim or elliptical just to get my heart rate up but allow my body to rest. I play as much volleyball as I can on top of that.  


Describe your plans for the summer.

I most likely will be training at Bradley University with Bradley’s coach and the team.  Working volleyball camps, staying fit, and playing as much volleyball as physically possible.


What has been the best part about being a Knox athlete?

I loved being a teammate here.  The relationships that I built in my time as an athlete here are going to last much longer than my volleyball career.  


And the most difficult part about playing sports at Knox?

Being a part of a change.  Knox athletics are certainly on the upswing and I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of the change, but sometimes it was difficult to look at the progress we have made while I was still a part of it and not getting the results we worked for.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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